4 years ago10,000+ Views
If there's one thing that's for certain, it's that commercial first aid kits sold for hiking and backpacking are overpriced. And they're still heavy. And they're expensive to refill! It's a better idea to make your own (less expensive!) first aid pack. You can choose what you want or know that you need that isn't in a traditional kit, and leave out things you find unnecessary. When you buy the items for first aid kits in larger bulk and keep the extra at home, it's definitely a much cheaper option that can work for many people. Great for personal use kits: 25 pcs Ibuprofen 8 pcs Immodium 10 pcs Benedryl 2 pcs Antiseptic wipes 2 pcs Antibiotic cream 6 pcs Assorted bandages (big ones, that can be cut to size) 6 pcs Blister prevention tape 1 container of zinc oxide 0.5 ounces of chafing relief For others (if leading or have your wilderness assistance certificates) 2 Nitrile gloves 8 pcs Aspirin 2 pcs locking safety pins Some tips on how to pack this kit from Section Hiker: - EZ Pill Pouches are great for repacking medicines. - Pre-cut strips of Leukotape (blister prevention) can be stuck on the waxy paper backing from name tags/address labels, which keeps the tape sticky. - Zinc oxide can be repacked into plastic cosmetic containers. These stay reliably closed in my pack and can also be used to store pills.
@treedweller It's a wonder that everyone doiesn't do that, lol.
I like the idea of precutting everything and getting like the moleskin on some adhesive backings so you can pack it easier. Great idae.
@happyrock I also worry about having enough for others, but shouldn't they to some extent be responsible for their own?
I always pack enough for anyone I might encounter as well. It adds weight, but I think it's worth the danger. But for an ultralight this looks pretty good, depending on where you'd be doing the hiking.
Very nice. I usually adjust the number of pcs of each medicine I take with me to fit the number of days exactly, or the number of people going.